(XP) All exe files won't open and worse!

Toshiba / Qosmio f20 laptop
July 26, 2009 at 22:05:59
Specs: Windows XP
Please help, all my exe files won't open, when I try to download a fix it either refers me to a page that says 'this download is not yet available in your language' or it downloads it as an unopenable file, just like all the other files on my computer. I have tried all the fixes that you have previously suggested as I have read everything on the internet that I could find relating to this problem. Please help as I am at a complete loss as to what to do. I suspect a virus and as I cannot run any of my own antivirus programmes I tried the Trend Micro Housecall online scan but the virus will not let Trend Micro download the relevant files to complete the scan. I hope someone has heard of this problem and can help. Thank you very much in advance. Kind regards

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#1
July 26, 2009 at 22:08:56
Also, sorry, I forgot to mention that every time I double click a folder to open it, the 'search for a file' box opens. Yet if I right click a file to open it, it's fine and opens. Although I can't open anything that the file contains, as said previously. Thanks again

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#2
July 27, 2009 at 06:36:45
jooneill, For the Search opening problem do the following which should correct the problem:


Click Start>Run then copy and paste or type in:

regsvr32 /i shell32


Click OK.

Restart your computer.

Note that the spacing is important.

For the .exe file opening problem try Response Number 1 in the thread at the link below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/di...

Tufenuf


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#3
July 27, 2009 at 13:18:58
Thanks for that, but it won't accept anything I type in Run, it brings a box up saying Microsoft can't open it as it needs to know which programme created it. I have the option of finding the programme myself or searching the web, if I choose to search the web I get referred straight to the following site http://shell.windows.com/fileassoc/...
this site just tells me that the programme that I am trying to download is not available in my language. It's got to be a virus but I'm unsure of what caused it and as I'm really limited to what I can do on the PC it's making it really difficult to attempt any fixes. Any other ideas? Thanks very much for your help already, it's really appreciated.

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#4
July 27, 2009 at 13:28:19
jooneill, Did you try the exe fix Response Number 1 instructions at the link I posted?

Tufenuf


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#5
July 27, 2009 at 13:35:55
Yes, I'd tried that already prior to posting my question. Again, when I try and download the doug knox file repairs I just get transferred to the site that tells me it's not available in my language. I had never heard of the doug knox site so have saved it in my favourites as it's excellent for any future problems, so thanks for that. Yet this time, it's not helping me.

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#6
July 27, 2009 at 13:42:10
The link in my Respnse Number 1 in the thread at the link below isn't for the doug knox site. It's for the kellys-korner site.

http://www.computing.net/answers/di...

Tufenuf


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#7
July 27, 2009 at 13:55:40
Sorry, yes, I've tried that too. I've tried everything I could find on this site that relates to my problem. Do you think I'll have to pay to have it repaired as I just can't see any other way of self-repairing it due to everything either downloading as an unopenable file or not downloading at all? Thanks again.

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#8
July 27, 2009 at 14:59:24
jooneill, The only other suggestion I have is to try this:

How to start the System Restore tool by using the safe mode option with the Command prompt in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449

Use the closest date just prior to when your problem started.

Tufenuf


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#9
July 28, 2009 at 05:10:53
Hi Tufenuf, I tried restoring it in safe mode with command prompt and although it went through the system restore procedure, when the pc came back on after reboot it said 'windows could not find the programme that created rstrui.exe' - so that's not worked either. Thanks for all your help anyway, you've been really kind.

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#10
July 28, 2009 at 05:39:48
mmm - thinking a wee bit further ahead - in-case you can't manage to get back in as per norm... Do you have a copy of Knoppix, or Ubuntu (Linux variants on a CD/DVD?). If not then go on-line and download an iso image; which then burn to CD/DVD and have handy...

With that CD /DVD you can usually boot into that Linux OS - run entirely from the CD/DVD. It will allow you to get on-line and thus do a full freebie on-line virus scan. It will also allow you to access any/all data on the HD and copy off to optical media... Suggest you do this asap; and verify those disks can be accessed by at least one other system. The thinking here is to safe-guard your data etc - and sooner than later...

Then you can look at other assorted options in terms of restoring the system to working state...

Do you have a full version (or even Upgrade) CD; or just the more common recovery disk(s)?


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#11
July 28, 2009 at 09:54:00
Hi Tufenuf, I've been trying to do what you suggested since I last wrote. If I download it, it won't open. I tired to put it on a disk and it appeared to write to it fine. However, when I open my D-drive and open the disk, all the files are unopenable, just the same as when I download things on to the computer. I'll have to ask a friend to put it on a disk for me using their computer, then I'll try loading that disk. Again, thanks so much for all your help, you've been great.

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#12
July 28, 2009 at 09:55:07
Sorry, forgot to say, I'll let you know what happens once I get the disk. Kind regards. Jo

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